Who's Online

We have 1286 guests online

Live Traffic Feed

Life in the Skies

'A Local Bestseller!'

What Tony says
(See here)
and Book Launch video here
 
What others say

Les Posen
(See
here)

Yvonne Lee
(See
here)

Louisa Lim & Allan Koay
(See
here)

Aireen Omar, Asran & Bo Lingam
(See
here)

38 Readers' Comments
(See here)

Get an autographed copy here

AMAZON.COM  -  To Order, please Click here 

(eBook) Kindle edition - please Click here

Latest Comment

What are the eyesigh
PLEASE stop asking about your eyes!!! Read the art

Vomiting on long hau
I have traveled a lot (almost 2 million miles) the

Can you become an ai
Hi captain , I had an accident 15 yrs ago and ha

Does a jet aircraft
Reading through the comments was both entertaining

Does a jet aircraft
So many nonsense here... Earth isn't flat. Period.

What are the cruisin
"how in the hell can you reach JFK if you leave fr

What are the eyesigh
tjsoihsdojfsioufs f post

What are the procedu
Hello Sir, I am currently B737NG Cpt.TRI /TRE hol

Could an A320 pilot
I plan to do ATR 72 -600 type rating , for that be

Is there less turbul
Flying from San Francisco to Philippines, end of M

Paperback Version

 For Local Availability - Check Here
 
Home > Becoming a Pilot > Would I be able to balance my work, family and life as an airline pilot?
Would I be able to balance my work, family and life as an airline pilot?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Sunday, 01 May 2011 14:45

A day in the life of an airline pilot

Hi Captain Lim

Before I ask my question, I would quickly like to say how much I appreciate what you have set up here on the internet. This question based forum has really helped answer many of my questions about being in the aviation industry. Many thanks!

Before I go to start studying to earn the required licenses/qualifications to being a pilot with an airline, I thought that I'd look for opinions and guidelines from other professional pilots about how to balance life activities. I am currently thinking about enrolling in aviation because I've been interested/amazed at flying for the past 8 years (I'm currently 18 years old now). As I understand, being a pilot at first requires a huge amount of time and that the amount of time away slowly decreases as your career progresses very far.

However is it reasonable to think that one day if I gain the required qualifications, will I be able to hold my job as an airline pilot, have a family including children and maintain a slot in my life for a passionate hobby of mine which is to write music?

I suppose a way of further refining my question would be to ask, would I be able to take my hobby with me (just a laptop and instrument) so that I could use my spare time at the destination?

I understand you have a huge amount of questions to go through, so many thanks to you for reading!

Brad

 

Hi Brad,

Whether you would have a balanced life for your family and work would depend on the airlines you are flying with. It is a regional, low cost or the legacy long haul airlines?

Generally, airline pilots in the legacy airlines typically spend a lot of time away from home. When you are scheduled to work it usually means you would be away from home for two to four nights a week. If you are starting a family, this can become quite onerous. The advantage is that you have more time off than most other professions. A typical airline pilot works 15 days a month as compared to the 20 days for a normal office worker.

If you are working for low cost or regional airlines, you would be away less but you would probably work harder. However, this would taper off if you gained seniority in the company. In any case, you would have time off for your family and your hobby. Again this would depend on if you love this profession and whether your initial sacrifice is worth it.

As for me, I have no regret choosing this career and I find it very fulfilling and satisfying.

I wish you all the best in your choicealt.


Who said work is Boring?

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (1)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
how t be a pilot...??
hai kapten lim,
i would ask you about how to be a pilot...
next month 3rd jun im going to phillipines to take a flying course... is that kolej is recognise and can i be a comersial pilot there n would i get job after i finiz my studies...
thank you,
shasi
shasi , 19 May, 2011

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy
 

Paperback Version

 For Local Availability - Check Here

Recommended By..


LIFE IN THE SKIES

'A Local Bestseller!'

Recommended by

Patrick Smith
Boston USA
(See
here)

Capt Meryl Getline
ex-United Airlines USA
(See
here)

Capt Doug Morris
Canadian Airlines
(See
here)

Capt  Robert J Boser
ex-United Airlines USA
(See
here)

38 Readers' Comments
(See here)

Get an autographed copy here

AMAZON.COM  -  To Order, please Click here 

(eBook) Kindle edition - please Click here

View Book Launch video here

Follow me

@CaptKHLim

Like What You Read?


If you like what you read, more stories are found in my book LIFE IN THE SKIES (Preview here) and you can purchase a copy here. To check for any latest updates or postings, you can follow my Twitter at @CaptKHLim or Facebook here

MH 370 Interviews

Click here to View

10 Most Popular Posts



Disclaimer | Privacy
2004 - 2011 © AskCaptainLim.com | Site Concept by eQuilec.com